Village Works Funded from the European Social Fund

Village Works is an action research project that seeks to pilot a community development
outcomes led approach to working with the most economically excluded, unemployed and
disengaged residents of working age in rural coastal villages in targeted areas in Cornwall. It
seeks to develop an approach that can be sustainable and replicable in other locations and
which will progress the hardest to engage along a Life Ladder into personal and skills
development moving towards employment, training and job search programmes (see Appendix
One for more about the Life Ladder). It is intended to fill a gap in provision which sits below
Building Better Opportunities (BBO) and provides the very first steps for those who are not even
on the radar of initiatives and who have multiple and complex needs that are barriers to
engagement. It has developed from the work of practitioners partnering this project who work
day to day with this participant group and have identified a need, which existing support systems
do not meet. It targets three rural locations (Community Network Areas) in Cornwall; Bude,
Camelford and Helston and the Lizard (3 areas). Uniquely, partners in this project have direct
access to potential participants for Village Works and can work quickly to make it operational.
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Inclusion Cornwall Hub Conversation.